This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in planning, implementing and evaluating outdoor recreation programs and activities across a range of activity areas which include complex and non-routine situations. Work would be undertaken autonomously with responsibility for management, leadership of others and maintenance of resources. Work would be performed in and for field locations with varied contexts requiring contingency planning.
The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:
outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
33 units must be completed:
18 core units
15 elective units, consisting of:
all the units in any two of Groups A to AK, or
all the units in any one of Groups A to AK, and all the units in any one of Groups AL to AT
the remaining to make up the required 15 elective units from General electives, or any of the above groups; up to 5 of these elective units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10 or any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 4 or 5.
In all cases selection of electives must relate to the core function or role of the candidate's current or intended work environment, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).
This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.
To gain entry into this qualification, it is advised that a current first aid certificate is held.
Entry to this qualification by persons without prior outdoor recreation industry experience or formal qualifications is not recommended.
Examples of sufficient relevant skills and knowledge for entry into the qualification may include:
Previous qualification at the AQF level below
Previous experience in the outdoor recreation industry and interest in outdoor pursuits
Entry into this qualification and progression between qualification levels will be based on the professional judgement of the RTO, in consultation with the individual.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.
The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the outdoor recreation industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:
Communicating with stakeholder groups, facility owners and staff to identify specific needs; analysing documentation on outdoor recreation facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance; liaising with program and other staff; preparing accurate records or reports on program outcomes; educating staff on efficient use of resources; completing staff rosters; negotiating acceptable solutions to facility owner or staff requests and complaints.
Providing leadership to a team of workers; monitoring staff performance and providing advice to improve performance; preparing staff rosters that accommodate individual and facility needs; promoting compliance with legal obligations; acknowledging accountability to management or facility owners; recognising factors that may cause interpersonal relationship problems and assisting appropriately to avoid or overcome the identified problems.
Managing organisational, activity or facility risks; clarifying the extent of, and resolving problems through negotiating with staff or facility users in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner; planning, strategy and resource allocation to manage the facility and natural resources effectively; evaluating policies for outdoor organisations; research into resource minimisation and sustainability.
Initiative and enterprise
Responding to change and demonstrating leadership in change management; identifying clear priorities for action; actively engaging with facility and natural resource stakeholders to build relationships; identifying and implementing a range of facility or program enhancements to enhance facility sustainability; facilitating the sharing of work-place knowledge; seeking and acting on feedback from colleagues and clients to improve service delivery; monitoring activities and programs for emerging risks.
Planning and organising
Manage and monitor organisation records to enable efficient planning of outdoor recreation programs and facilities; managing multiple tasks and resources simultaneously to coordinate and roster staff work activities to meet deadlines; leading processes which contribute to the establishment of key directions for the organisation; coordinating emergency response; managing equipment supply and purchase; establishing and maintaining occupational health and safety systems.
Understanding the facility and organisation and operating autonomously within limits of authority; critically reviewing own strengths and weaknesses; assessing feedback on own performance and determining strategies for improvement; building industry networks to regularly update knowledge and skills.
Identifying and accessing sources of research on outdoor recreation instruction and program design; contributing to a learning environment through openly sharing knowledge and experiences; identifying and accessing internal and external professional development opportunities; updating knowledge and skills to accommodate changes in the outdoor recreation industry.
Understanding and utilising the operating capability of computer systems and software for outdoor recreation program planning, facility and natural resource management; identifying new equipment and delivery strategies that improve safety and enhances delivery of outdoor recreation activities; using information technology to assist in communication and support management and planning functions.